U.S. trying to blame Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan: FO spokesperson

06 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Asif meets top US diplomat in Washington

To a question regarding the Foreign Minister's visit to the United States, he said the USA has acknowledged Pakistan's vital role and cooperation for a solution to the Afghan issue.

"The US is trying to blame Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan", Zakaria said, according to the report. He will discuss the dynamics between Pakistan and its neighbours, the role of regional players such as China, Iran and Russian Federation, and the future of US-Pakistan relations.

Responding to another question, Zakaria said Pakistan believes that India is trying to sabotage its economic activity and particularly the China Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism on its soil. We want it to be peaceful.

Asif, who is now visiting Washington for a three-day tour, met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday.

"I can not be more diplomatic", he said, adding that "relationship with India is at its lowest ebb at the moment".

Pakistan's relation with the U.S. is "extraordinarily important", he said. So it really is a regional approach and Pakistan is critical, I think, to the long-term stability of the region, " Tillerson said, adding, "Our approach to South Asia, specifically Afghanistan, is building relations with India and Pakistan to stamp out terrorism and support the Afghan government in providing security for their home people". He said that it is an indispensable reality, the World looks to this region for their economic interests, and therefore instability in Pakistan will serve no one's interest.

During the meeting, Pakistan foreign minister informed Tillerson that Islamabad pursued "zero-tolerance and indiscriminate approach" in its campaign against "all terrorist and militant groups", Pakistan daily newspaper Dawn reported.

Secretary Tillerson accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan at an early date.

Dismissing accusations of providing safe havens to terrorists in Pakistan, the minister accused Afghanistan of harboring these sanctuaries.

The foreign minister also met Secretary of States Rex Tillerson on Tuesday in Washington.

Asif objected to the possibility of renewed USA drone strikes on Pakistan.

Mansour had been traveling with a Pakistani passport and identity card, infuriating the US and Afghanistan, which said this was proof of the ease with which Taliban fighters were traveling throughout Pakistan.

Trump's new South Asia strategy announced in August also figured during their talks.



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